Common Sandpiper, wonderful bird with a beautiful sound

The Common Sandpiper

As I’m living close to a river, every day there is something to find, see or hear. In my previous post about “Thunder is coming” you might have noticed the river.

One of the “something” is the Actitis hypoleucos…, the common sandpiper.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucosCommon Sandpiper

The common sandpiper breeds across most of temperate and subtropical Europe and Asia and migrates to Africa, southern Asia, and Australia in winter. In the Netherlands, this little bird is on the red list which means that this bird is about to disappear. (or already disappeared from the Netherlands) It seems that in the Netherlands only a 10 – 30 pairs stay to build a nest.

Sometimes I hear the sound of this small bird when I take Yaz out for her daily walks.
The sound, during sunset or sunrise, is for me absolutely wonderful.

When I see them, they’re flying in small flocks, low over the water surface.

Most of the time I have the camera ready but these little creatures are quick and so small and therefore difficult to find on the rocks or to follow when I have them in sight.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Finally

Last Tuesday I took Yaz for a walk, camera ready. Suddenly I heard that beautiful sound again and I saw 2 of these little creatures flying, away from me, down the river shoreline!!
One of the common sandpipers landed not far away from where I was, so… Finally, it’s time to do some photographic hunting.

Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Common Sandpiper or Actitis hypoleucos
Common Sandpiper
Amazing Yaz

O, I had Yaz with me, right? She listens very well but what to expect from a 3 years old Flat-coated retriever. Indeed, she has carrots in her ears most of the time.
O yes, she will listen after she has done her thing. Whatever that is…

This time I ordered her to stay on her spot and lay down.
Accordingly, I sneaked closer and closer, taking photos when I could.
When I was looking, where Yaz supposed to be, about 30 yards away back… Guess what. She was still there where she ordered her to stay! I only saw a small part of her head and fluffy ears.

When I signalled her to come over to me there wasn’t any dirt filling the sky.
Normally she is a little canon. Now, she approached very carefully, staying low, until she reached me.
Just a hand signal and she stayed.

Eventually, she did amazingly well.

What’s next?

Keep an eye on my portfolio

This beautiful bird can be found in the “Wildlife_Birds” gallery.

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Meeting in the forest after a long time

The meeting

After a long time, it was today I’d planned a meeting with some friends in a small forest close by. I neede a break after being attacked at home when making a coffee
Not sure they were at home though…

Entering the forest, with my dog Yaz, was a sort of homecoming.
For Yaz too as she was on top speed in record time, down the track in front of us. Well, in this case, it assured my friends did know I was there.

Long-tailed tit, meeting
Long-tailed tit
Forest and meadows

Wow! It’s an amazing day with a lot of sunshine with beautiful flowers and little creatures. In the background noisy birds… My friends.

Beauty, meeting ,Flowers
Beauty

In the meantime, while I was shooting pictures, Yaz was transforming into a wet mud monster.
As usual, she didn’t realize she had to get back home again… In my car.
Well, we’re just on our way so, that being the case, there was time to dry.

Common Brimstone, meeting ,Flowers, Gonepteryx rhamni
Common Brimstone
My friends
Long-tailed tit, meeting
Long-tailed tit

And there they were.
The Long-tailed tit, Eurasian blackcap, and the Short-toed  Treecreeper.

Eurasian blackcap, meeting
Eurasian blackcap

It was a good meeting.
I heard and saw many other birds who were busy.
Either way, I have not been able to find them, so, I have to go back soon.

Short-toed Treecreeper, meeting
Short-toed Treecreeper

The sunlight was quite hard and made it difficult today. Nevertheless, I was able to shoot some nice photos anyway.

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The beautiful creatures in this post can be found in the “Insects, Flowers and  Wildlife_Birds” gallery.

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Nature lunch

Nature lunch

Yesterday I had a good walk with my dog Yaz after she had to take in easy the last few weeks. She had surgery on her left paw. Quite a big wound which had to heal properly. So no running, no jumping or long walks.

After a nice walk in a small forest nearby it was time to have some lunch. For me, a cup of coffee and fried eggs were ordered.
Suddenly I felt tickling on my foot…..

Ieks!!

There was something else having its nature lunch too!!

Nature lunch, Spider wasp
Nature lunch

A spider wasp dragging its catch to its nest. Only my foot was in its way obviously.

The Spider Wasp

Adult spider wasps are nectar-feeding insects and feed on a variety of plants.  The female wasps search for a variety of spiders for their larva to feed on, like wolf spiders for instance. It first bytes of the spider’s legs.
It then can drag the spider more easily to its nest where it will lay one egg on the spider.
So this wasp was not having lunch, obviously.

The wasp larva feeds on its host, it saves the vital organs, such as the heart and central nervous system, for last.
By waiting until the final larval instar, it ensures the spider will not decompose before the larva has fully developed.

The newborn wasp will emerge the following spring. Until then it stays it its little hole in the ground.

My lunch?

Yes, my lunch was excellent, no complaints.
Had a coca cola too which was very nice. It was quite warm outside, even in the shade.

Keep an eye on my portfolio

The creature in this post can be found in the “Insects” gallery.
I’ll make some changes (still) in my portfolio and albums the next couple of weeks.
I also mentioned something about artistic photography, in a recent post, which is my next project. Well,.. Summer is really here and It’s no fun working inside on a laptop. As soon I have anything done on that subject I’ll let you know.

Enjoy!!

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